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Record 21 States See Decline in Well-Being in 2017
Nearly half of U.S. states saw their well-being scores decline in 2017, according to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index. No states saw improvement.
Gallup Good Jobs Rate Exceeds 50% in Five States
South Dakota, Maryland, Nebraska, North Dakota and Minnesota had the highest Gallup Good Jobs rates in 2016, while West Virginia had the lowest.
North Dakota Has Highest Gallup Good Jobs Rate
North Dakota (51.5%) had the highest Gallup Good Jobs rate and West Virginia (38.3%) the lowest in 2015. Labor market conditions are strongest in the northern Great Plains and Mountain states and near the nation's capital.
North Dakota Residents Most Positive About Schools
North Dakota residents are more likely than those living in any other U.S. state to rate their public education system as excellent or good. Nevada and New Mexico residents are the least positive about their schools.
Alaska Leads U.S. States in Well-Being for First Time
For the first time, Alaskans had the highest well-being in the U.S. in 2014, while West Virginians had the lowest for the sixth straight year. Hawaii and Colorado are the only states to finish in the top 10 every year since 2008.
Arkansas, Kentucky Set Pace in Reducing Uninsured Rate
Arkansas and Kentucky continued to have the biggest declines in the rate of uninsured adults in 2015, followed closely by Oregon. Nine states now have uninsured rates below 7.0%, compared with only one before 2014.
N.D. First, Conn. Last in State Job Creation in 2014
North Dakota had the highest Job Creation Index of any state in 2014, and by an easy margin over Texas, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Connecticut ranked last, with three other New England states joining it in the bottom tier.
Hawaii, Utah, South Dakota Lead in "Thriving"
Residents of Hawaii, Utah, and South Dakota were the most likely to be "thriving" in the first half of 2012, while residents of West Virginia and Maine were the least likely.
Older Residents of Delaware Have Largest Well-Being Edge
In all 50 states, older residents have higher well-being than the state's population as a whole, with older residents in Delaware having the largest well-being advantage relative to the overall state population. Older adults living in Wyoming ...
North Dakota No. 1 in Well-Being, West Virginia Still Last
North Dakota residents in 2013 had the highest well-being in the U.S. for the first time, while West Virginians had the lowest for the fifth straight year. Eleven states' well-being scores have improved steadily since 2010.